to kick the transfer label into being, here is a release consisting of 4 tracks by various artists, varying from merely trance-influenced sounds to deep down psy madness.
for starters, vibenation brings us "the fall of arabia". in fact it's hardly trance, maybe not trance at all, but it bears influences from progressive and the harder stuff vibe has been doing in the past. also features nice arabic vocals. in all, a gentle opener to this release.
second, we have the more to-the-point beating "mirror image" by our old friend deFusion, known from the plantbane releases which he made together with saiko. it's a bit of a trance/house crossover, similar to the style of matthijs b.
then, the b-side of this release is the psy-side, starting with a co-operative track by cadra and saiko. to the experienced (or otherwise well-informed) listener, both artists' influences are audible in it: you could almost pick out which parts are made by whom. now, it must be said that for psy this track is almost cheesy, so luckily, it's not the last and there is one more to compensate.
gated reality are the guys responsible for the final track, and they do what they do best. what exactly that is, is as hard to define as ever, but at any rate... it's weird. "phunk'd" rolls molested organs, distorted incomprehensible voices and melodies that could be considered "plain wrong" into over 6 minutes of sonic insanity, and supports it with a tough beat, an equally tough bassline and the necessary drums.
p.s. a big and loud "thank you" to jani (outgate) for his cover artwork.
November 29, 2006 Subject:
Reviewed on Gratisvibes.com
Transfer One starts off with the aptly named track The Fall of Arabia which is sort of a psychill track with a moderate tempo since it doesnât start with a 4/4 kick drum loop but transcends to 4/4 after a while. There are some nice foreign language one shot vocals here and use of uncommon percussion in dance music - tambourines and tablas I reckon, if my ears do not deceive me. All this results in quite an exotic experience that works really well. All said, the drum work is probably the highlight of this track.
The second track Mirror Image is a bit non-descript and pretty relaxing. The usual things are here filtered melodies, delayed synths and arpeggiated leads. It is also more atmospheric than others and offers the listener a little more breathing room in the midst of all the psychedelic sounds.
The third track Path of the Wizard is best decribed as being very restless in nature. Always evolving, the melodies and synth lines change almost as often as the drum work stays constant. Every 2 bars or so, your ears are treated to something new. The melodies here are somewhat oriental in nature and the synths sound really happy, and the leads almost euro in nature. Itâs fun to listen to though just because it just keeps changing. On a side note, this track was done by saiko, an artist belonging to the group Easily Embarrassed whose work we reviewed not too long ago, in collaboration with cadra who runs Sublogic.
The fourth track Phunkâd is yet another interesting listen. This one sounds a bit more techno-ish and the breaks come fast and furious. The lead line is very catchy and hypnotic and the sounds, in general, offer a much darker palatte as compared to the earlier tracks.